ACTING CLASS FOR FILM & TELEVISION
Three part series - I, II, & III
Instructor: Gregory Scott Cummins - M.F.A.-Acting-U.C.L.A. and B.A.-Theater Arts-U.C.-Berkeley. Has performed lead and supporting lead roles in over 45 films and guest starred in over 85 different T.V. movies, episodics, pilots, and sitcoms spanning an ongoing 19 year T.V. and film career. This was preceded by 12 years of professional, college, waiver, and community theater, combined with contemporary and classical actor and director training, from extensive experience in Shakespeare, to Greek, Roman, Renaissance, Restoration and then the wide range of 19th and 20th century classics.
"This is a must take course to prepare you for a film and television career. I found that most of my training for the theater did not prepare me as a whole for film and television acting. Instructors also gave me little or no instruction about how to begin to work professionally or teach me anything about the film and television business. So I have designed a series of courses which begin with an emphasis on"-
An extremely natural and honest style of acting (Stanislavsky) designed for advanced and beginning actors using exercises, improvisations, monologues and scenes.
Class will specifically target the challenges of acting with a camera, working on a set and with a crew, which is very different from working on a theater stage in front of an audience. You will learn the technical aspects of camera coverage - master shots, group shots, two shots, over the shoulder, singles, and close-up coverage, as well as how to deal with marks and sightlines and other basic but crucial on set situations and terminology which every professional film & T.V. actor must know of and be prepared for.
Class will also train students in cold readings, prepared auditions, personal interviews and audition skills specifically designed for the wants and needs of agents, casting directors, directors, and producers.
Class will provide you with the skills, insights, and strategies needed to market yourself effectively - ex. How to incorporate your personal strengths into marketable character types using your photographs, resumes, and current or future audition tapes which are crucial to securing an agent or even to be called in for an audition with a casting director.
Throughout class parts I, II, & III, each student will choose, prepare, and perfect in class one-2 minute monologue and one-4 to 5 minute-two person scene which will be performed and viewed using different camera set-ups and, as much as possible, a recreated on set environment. Monologues and scenes will be chosen to highlight each student's acting ability and strengths incorporating character choices developed from a pre-determined, individualized marketing strategy recommended by the instructor.
Class will also prepare you for basic stunt and fight sequence work for the camera, stunt safety, and familiarize you with the work of stuntmen/women, stunt equipment and terminology.
Instructor will teach you how to approach securing professional work, an agent; how to find union and non-union auditions, contact casting directors, and how to put together effective audition tapes, photographs, and resumes.
Additional enrollment and requirement information: Each class will consist of a maximum of 16 students which allows for effective individualized instruction. Each student must take part I, II, & III, in order, as each class builds on the other. Part I, (as does II &III) consists of 13 consecutive (one per week) 4 hour class sessions. Each student will be encouraged to attend each session in it's entirety as he/she will learn as much from the instruction of others as he/she will learn from their own personal instruction. Each student will be expected to keep a class journal, and in Part I, will be given homework in the form of exercises and reading assignments from the required text "On Method Acting" by Edward Dwight Easty. In Parts II & III, each student will need to rehearse a monologue and a scene with their chosen class partner outside class in order to attain greater results from class instruction. Also, depending on enrollment numbers, a second or third class covering Part I will be available, as well as Part II & III classes in keeping with the 16 person maximum guideline. Multiple classes will be organized as much as possible to similar age ranges and experience levels, however class instruction is designed to incorporate varying degrees of both.
(In the future, additional classes will be available specifically covering the acting process only, which will focus even deeper into the student's long term personal growth and versatility, physical, emotional, and vocal freedom, more intense focus on inner and outer character development, continued exploration of specific script, scene, and moment to moment goals, objectives, choices, and actions; Additionally, we will incorporate further the use of environment and activity choices, spontaneity, concentration, and master sense memory and affective memory techniques.)
START DATES & TIMES Class for Part I is scheduled to begin Saturday, September 11, (04'), 10 a.m.-2 p.m.. Depending on enrollment numbers the hours of 3-7 p.m. will be available, and if needed, another class on Sunday, September 12, 2-6 p.m. Sessions end December 4th or 5th respectively. Part II classes begin, as do new Part I classes, on the weekend of January 8th, 05'. Part III classes, continuing Part II classes, and new Part I classes begin on the weekend of April 16th, 05'. As enrollment increases additional classes will be added for Saturdays, Sundays, and weekday evenings.
Class Location: To be determined (Eastbay-between Orinda and Concord.)
FEES: $450.00 (paid in advance) for each 13-one session per week class (Part I, or II, or III.) A full refund will be given for any reason upon request any time before the start of the second class session. Remember, early enrollment ensures choice of preferred session day and time (Don't forget the 16 student per class maximum).
To enroll, for further information, questions, or to request enrollment form: Contact us by phone, fax, mail, E-mail, or visit my web site. You will receive an enrollment form that must be returned with the enrollment fee to be placed in first available class of your choice.
Mailing Address -
Gregory Scott Cummins
Attn: Acting Class for Film & T.V.
12021 Wilshire Blvd. #645
Los Angeles, CA. 90025
Telephone - 310-285-7759
E-mail address - firstname.lastname@example.org - (To request or return application, or for questions or comments.)
Web site - www.gregoryscottcummins.com - click on Class Info, then click on Acting Class for Film and T.V. and Enrollment Form. (For complete class information or to print out application)
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